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Jul
23
Thu
Let’s Whoop it up!
Jul 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Photo by K.S. Gopi Sundar

Craniacs Unite for a Global Celebration on July 23, at 7 p.m. Central Time!

You are cordially invited to our first-ever virtual fundraiser to celebrate cranes and Craniacs worldwide. Let’s Whoop It Up! is an opportunity for Craniacs to unite for a global celebration to support our mission on Thursday, July 23, at 7 p.m. Central Time.

We’re so eager to give you a sneak peek to our newly renovated site, Cranes of the World, and share our mission worldwide, that we’re creating this special event. We’ll be opening the gates virtually and providing never before seen by the public glimpses of our $10M site renovations. And, we’ll hear from colleagues in Asia, Africa and North America about their efforts to save cranes and the places they dance.

The evening will be hosted live by President and CEO Rich Beilfuss and Co-founder George Archibald in the new George Archibald Welcome Center. It will include a virtual auction, with one-of-kind crane experiences with our staff, and several surprises.

Click here to learn more about the event.

Jul
30
Thu
Conserving Whooping Cranes and Their African cousins, the Wattled Crane
Jul 30 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Photos by John Ford and K.S. Gopi Sundar

Join us for our webinar with North America Program Crane Analyst Hillary Thompson and Drakensberg Coordinator Lara Jordan on Thursday, July 30, at 11 a.m. Central Time. Click here to register.

Two large, rare crane species on two continents – Wattled and Whooping Cranes – faced alarming declines. Wattled Crane numbers in South Africa plummeted in the mid to late 20th century to a little more than 200 birds, mainly due to habitat loss through afforestation and agriculture. Unfortunately, Whooping Crane numbers plummeted even further than that of their African cousin to a mere 21 birds in the 1940s, due to hunting and habitat loss.

This webinar will showcase the efforts undertaken to successfully reverse these declines and how the similarities and differences between the two species and their biology have influenced the conservation actions to save them. With stories directly from the field staff entrusted with the work to conserve these two iconic cranes, we will learn about the role of aerial surveys, satellite tracking, color banding and the monitoring of breeding and non-breeding birds, in their conservation on two continents. We will highlight the critical threats to each species across the landscape on which they depend. Also, we will discuss what, as a global organization, we are doing to reduce these threats, and how, together, we are providing space for these cranes to continue dancing on the grasslands of South Africa and in the marshes of North America.

Aug
13
Thu
Understanding the Future of the Agriculturally Dependent Blue Crane in the Western Cape, South Africa
Aug 13 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Photo by Mark Anderson

Join us for our webinar with Blue Crane Ph.D. Candidate, Western Cape Field Officer and Leiden Conservation Graduate Fellow Christie Craig on Thursday, August 13, at 11 a.m. Central Time. Click here to register.

The Blue Crane is the world’s most range-restricted crane species, occurring mainly in South Africa with a tiny population in Namibia. In the late 1900s, the Blue Crane population declined rapidly in their natural grassland habitat. Fortuitously, at much the same time, the Blue Crane was colonizing a new area of the country, the wheatlands of the Western Cape. Today more than half of the world’s Blue Cranes are now found in this intensively farmed area of South Africa. This change poses some unique conservation challenges, as cranes are living near people and livestock.

In this webinar, we will explore the interesting history of how the Blue Crane came to be in the Western Cape and how they adapted to this agricultural landscape. Our work in this region is focused on understanding the resilience of this population through a four-year Ph.D. project, looking at the trends in Blue Crane numbers, the threats facing this species and the opportunities for future conservation. Ph.D. candidate and field officer Christie Craig will share some of the early findings from the research so far and some of the exciting plans to come. 

This research is funded by the Leiden Conservation Fund and South African power utility Eskom.

Aug
18
Tue
Virtual Birdfair
Aug 18 – Aug 23 all-day

The annual Birdfair in Rutland, England is going virtual! Click here to learn more.

Aug
20
Thu
Sandhill Cranes – Who, What, Where and Why?
Aug 20 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Photo by Ted Thousand

Join us for our webinar with Crane Research Coordinator Anne Lacy on Thursday, August 20, at 11 a.m. Central Time. Click here to register.

This more in-depth talk will look at the ecology of our beloved Sandhill Cranes. Using data from our long-term study area in Wisconsin, we will explore a few of the traits that make cranes famous, including longevity – how long can  they live? – fidelity – they get divorced?? – and other fascinating stories from watching a marked population for over 30 years. We also will gain insight into how Sandhill Crane ecology informs us about other, more endangered, crane species.

Aug
26
Wed
Crane Camp 2020 – Kindergarten through Second Grade
Aug 26 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

We are excited to offer a virtual camp experience this summer for your young Craniacs! Crane Camp is a free, hour-long virtual camp full of crane-themed games, stories and other activities led by our outstanding educators. Each camper will receive a special Crane Camp Kit by mail!

Sessions 1 and 3 are for grades K to 2 and will be held Wednesday, Aug. 26 and Thursday, Aug. 27 from 10 to 11 a.m. CDT.

Crane Camp has a limited number of spots, so registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Registration for International Crane Foundation members begins on July 27 and opens for nonmembers on July 30. Registration is limited to U.S. residents due to mailing restrictions for the
Crane Camp Kits.

To register, please submit this Google Form (one per child) by Monday, August 10.

Crane Camp 2020 – Third through Fifth Grade
Aug 26 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

We are excited to offer a virtual camp experience this summer for your young Craniacs! Crane Camp is a free, hour-long virtual camp full of crane-themed games, stories and other activities led by our outstanding educators. Each camper will receive a special Crane Camp Kit by mail!

Sessions 2 and 4 are for grades 3 to 5 and will be held Wednesday, Aug. 26 and Thursday, Aug. 27 from 2 to 3 p.m. CDT.

Crane Camp has a limited number of spots, so registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Registration for International Crane Foundation members begins on July 27 and opens for nonmembers on July 30. Registration is limited to U.S. residents due to mailing restrictions for the
Crane Camp Kits.

To register, please submit this Google Form (one per child) by Monday, August 10.

Aug
27
Thu
Crane Camp 2020 – Kindergarten through Second Grade
Aug 27 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

We are excited to offer a virtual camp experience this summer for your young Craniacs! Crane Camp is a free, hour-long virtual camp full of crane-themed games, stories and other activities led by our outstanding educators. Each camper will receive a special Crane Camp Kit by mail!

Sessions 1 and 3 are for grades K to 2 and will be held Wednesday, Aug. 26 and Thursday, Aug. 27 from 10 to 11 a.m. CDT.

Crane Camp has a limited number of spots, so registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Registration for International Crane Foundation members begins on July 27 and opens for nonmembers on July 30. Registration is limited to U.S. residents due to mailing restrictions for the
Crane Camp Kits.

To register, please submit this Google Form (one per child) by Monday, August 10.

Crane Camp 2020 – Third through Fifth Grade
Aug 27 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

We are excited to offer a virtual camp experience this summer for your young Craniacs! Crane Camp is a free, hour-long virtual camp full of crane-themed games, stories and other activities led by our outstanding educators. Each camper will receive a special Crane Camp Kit by mail!

Sessions 2 and 4 are for grades 3 to 5 and will be held Wednesday, Aug. 26 and Thursday, Aug. 27 from 2 to 3 p.m. CDT.

Crane Camp has a limited number of spots, so registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Registration for International Crane Foundation members begins on July 27 and opens for nonmembers on July 30. Registration is limited to U.S. residents due to mailing restrictions for the
Crane Camp Kits.

To register, please submit this Google Form (one per child) by Monday, August 10.

Mysteries of the Cranes of Australia and New Guinea
Aug 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Photo by Tim Nevard

Join us for our webinar with Co-founder George Archibald and Tim Nevard, Co-founder of the Wildlife Conservancy of Tropical Queensland (now Forever Wild) and Adjunct Professor at James Cook University, on Thursday, Aug. 27, at 7 p.m. Central Time. Click here to register.

George’s involvement with Queensland’s Atherton Tablelands and Gulf Plains stretches back over three decades. George studied breeding behavior of Brolgas and Sarus on the Aboriginal owned and operated Delta Downs cattle station and flocking and foraging behavior among the farms of the Atherton Tablelands. Tim’s work with Australasian cranes includes the creation of a major roost for the two species at Mareeba; genetics of hybridization and differences between the Australian and Asian subspecies of Sarus; proving Brolga and Sarus migration between the Gulf and Tablelands; and their relationships with farmers and grazers.

George and Tim’s long-term collaboration most recently led to a 2019 International Crane Foundation reconnaissance visit to Papua New Guinea, designed to identify key directions and partnerships for research and conservation of New Guinea’s large but almost entirely unknown crane populations.

It is a critical time for New Guinea’s cranes, which are coming under increased pressure from agricultural development on both the Indonesian and Papua New Guinea sides of the border. Following the establishment of a partnering arrangement with the Ok Tedi Foundation, the first project is to survey crane distribution along the Fly River, carried out by local indigenous people. This has tentatively identified the potential presence of both Sarus and Brolgas, so Coronavirus permitting, fieldwork planned for later in 2020 or 2021 will follow-up on these initial findings.